Children will gain an appreciation about art and its value in society, including respect towards its purpose and audience. Consequently, children will become resilient and develop a love of the discipline. Children will enjoy working alongside their peers, showing kindness and teamwork when co-creating and analysing others’ artwork.
With these aspirations, our intentions for the art curriculum are:
- For children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
- To support children in becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
- To develop skills that allow children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design;
- To gain important knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
At Southway Junior, teachers bring the art curriculum to life and engage children through a range of stimuli, including famous artists and artworks, photography, the local environment and illustrations. We interweave our ‘iii’ pedagogical approach in each year group’s learning journey via a cross-curricular approach with other subjects, including: English, DT, RSHE, history, science, geography and computing where appropriate. Our school values will be intertwined within our art lessons – children will develop their levels of resilience, teamwork, independence and respect due to carefully selected artists and subject matter that they study.
While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to access and develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the art curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. The school’s progression documents outlines the annual coverage, individual year group Medium Term Plans and lesson plans are then used to ensure high expectations and consistency.
Children’s work is shared and celebrated consistently throughout the school through high quality displays, open afternoons and whole-school exhibitions, including a photography competition.
The use of sketchbooks is embedded in our teaching of art as it promotes self-directed learning and demonstrates to children how their learning in art can be an analytical, creative and through-provoking process, requiring resilience, and can lead to exciting outcomes. This focus on the ‘journey’ of a piece of art helps children see that the process is as important as the outcome.
By the end of their time at Southway children will be able to:
- Use sketch books to explore and develop a mastery of knowledge and skills, including recording their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas;
- Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay);
- Describe and talk about the work of some great artists, architects and designers.
- Talk about their enjoyment of the discipline.
Our curriculum offer will correspond with Southway’s progression documents.